Arts Festival Dunedin director Nicholas McBryde tells
guests at the Regent Theatre last night that Belgian singer
Micheline Van Hautem will be one of a diverse range of acts
performing at this year's festival. Photos by Peter
Arts Festival Dunedin is back with a new name and a fresh
focus on Dunedin.
Director Nicholas McBryde, back in the role after one
festival away, announced the October 10-19 line-up, which
features a diverse mix of local and international acts, at an
event at the Regent Theatre yesterday.
Called the Otago Festival of the Arts since it was
established in 1999, this year's festival would focus on the
city's artistic talent.
Acts on the programme range from Circa (Australia) performing
the contemporary circus ''Beyond'', to Tim Finn's White
Cloud, an exploration of what it meant to be a Pakeha growing
up in the 1950s and 1960s .
Mr McBryde refused to pick a potential highlight from this
year's programme, saying he designed the festival ''so
everything is going to be somebody's favourite''.
An example of its focus on Dunedin performers was the
late-night festival club, which exclusively featured
musicians from the city.
Organising this year's line-up in little more than a year -
after he was reappointed in the role last April - had proven
difficult, as it had previously taken him up to four years to
His return came after the festival was mired in controversy
when previous director Alec Wheeler suddenly resigned in
December after the 2012 festival and it emerged many
performers had not been paid.
Other acts in this year's line-up include Belgian singer
Micheline Van Hautem, who will perform a selection of
classics by her fellow countryman Jacques Brel, the Irish
Rovers, who are visiting Dunedin as part of their worldwide
farewell tour, and a performance from the New Zealand